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Brenda Craig

Brenda CraigBrenda Craig is a freelance writer specializing in writing legal and financial articles for the web. A veteran journalist with more than two decades experience, she is a former network television reporter with CBC National News. Brenda served as CTV 's assignment editor during 9-11 and was the startup senior producer at BNN , Canada 's business news channel. For more about Brenda, visit her at www.brendacraig.ca


First Responders Sue after Chemical Plant Meltdown during Hurricane Harvey

March 9, 2018.
Crosby, TX If they'd been told just how dangerous the Arkema Inc. chemical plant could become the plaintiffs would have taken more precautions, but according to the statement of claim filed in a Texas court, Arkema's failure to warn authorities and the public resulted in serious injuries to a team of first responders and nearby residents.
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Long Term Disability Denial Letter from Insurer is Not the End of the Road

February 8, 2018.
Minneapolis, MN Disability insurance is intended to help individuals through rough spots, providing them with income when health problems keep them off the job. However, insurance companies are big corporations concerned about their bottom line. Unless policy holders can stand up to the insurance company's strict requirements during the critical cross over period from short term disability to long term disability there is a risk the benefits will be denied.
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Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Case Awaits Consolidation Decision

January 29, 2018.
Minneapolis, MN: Lawyers and plaintiffs are awaiting an important decision in the Stockert 3T heater-cooler litigation process as the Judicial Panel Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) decides whether or not to consolidate 42 lawsuits into a single federal MDL. Plaintiffs allege the German manufactured operating room device infected some thoracic cardiovascular surgery patients with a potentially deadly strain of bacteria called Mycobacterium Chimera (M. chimaera).
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Class Actions Get Relief for Uninsured and Overbilled Hospital Patients

January 25, 2018.
Los Angeles, CA: There is an increasing amount of evidence to show that charges for emergency room treatment in American hospitals varies, and varies widely. One hospital might charge $1,000 for a particular test or treatment while another hospital might charge $12,000 for the exact same services.
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Ohio Judge in Opioid MDL Wants Solutions

January 15, 2018.
St. Louis, MO: The courtroom was so packed with lawyers, clients, and interested parties that the Judge had to call for more chairs to be brought in at the first status hearing on the National Prescription Opiate Litigation proceedings in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Game Changer Ruling for Risperdal Plaintiffs in Pennsylvania

January 12, 2018.
Philadelphia, PA: A ruling by three appeal court judges in Pennsylvania has turned the tables on Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Janssen saying that some 5,500 Risperdal plaintiffs with cases consolidated in a state mass tort litigation have the right to pursue punitive damages.
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Multi-Million Landmark Verdict Holds EMTs to Account

January 6, 2018.
Trenton, NJ: Four years and eight months after 20-year-old Toniquea Rivers collapsed at her parents’ home, a landmark verdict in a Trenton, New Jersey lawsuit found emergency medical technicians (EMTs) failed to ensure the new mother was properly intubated while she was being moved to a waiting ambulance and transported to a local hospital.
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Overdraft Fees Chewing Up Consumers

December 29, 2017.
Washington, D.C. A new report from Pew Charitable Trusts released on December 20, 2017 documents the burden overdraft fees continue to place on the shoulders of consumers. Although the banking industry has made some voluntary changes regarding overdraft fees Pew reports that American consumers are still paying $14 billion annually in overdraft fees.
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The Talcum Powder Cases Heading for Massive Trials Next Year

December 12, 2017.
Ridgeland, MO: Next year and the year after, St. Louis, Missouri will be the venue for a massive showdown in the courts between Johnson & Johnson and the hundreds of women who have filed lawsuits alleging there is a direct relationship between their ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder-based products manufactured and sold by Johnson and Johnson.
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Healthcare Whistle Blower Awarded $351,000

December 8, 2017.
Tampa, FL: It did not take long for Kathleen Siwicki to notice something was very wrong in the Florida cardiologist’s office where she was working. Siwicki, an experienced Certified Cardiovascular Technologist, immediately began to see the services the doctor was providing did not match the billing statements he was submitting for payment. In November 2014, after just six months working for Dr. Arthur Portnow she quit her job and shortly after filed an action under the False Claims Act.
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